'Personal communities', 'peership' and 'practice': Exploring the sexual health of young gay and bisexual men in Scotland

Boydell, N. and Bingham, D. (2014) 'Personal communities', 'peership' and 'practice': Exploring the sexual health of young gay and bisexual men in Scotland. GAYCON 2014: 5th National Conference for Scotland on Gay and Bisexual Men's Health and Well-being, Edinburgh, UK, 23-24 Oct 2014. (Unpublished)

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Recent research has suggested that gay men’s relationships with and to, gay communities are shifting over time, and that younger men in particular may have a different form of engagement with ‘gay community’ than men of previous generations. This has led some to suggest that the concept of ‘personal communities’ – friends, family members, partners, colleagues etc. important to a given individual - may offer a different way of understanding sources of support and identification among gay men (Holt, 2011). Indeed, while peer-education continues to play a key role in health promotion with gay and bisexual men, some sexual health promotion specialists working in Scotland have sought to extend conceptions of ‘peership’ within their work. This emphasises the importance of education and communication around sexual health with those who are peers not only in terms sexual orientation, but along other dimensions. This interactive session aims to examine the intersections between research findings from recent qualitative research exploring the ‘personal communities’ of young gay and bisexual men (aged 18-29) living in Scotland, and current practice in sexual health promotion and HIV prevention, with reference to potential areas for future development. The session will involve the presentation of key findings from the research, examples from current health promotion practice within Scotland, and interactive activities in which participants will be invited to share their understandings and experiences of gay communities and their own ‘personal communities’, with the aim of exploring how best to address the sexual health needs of young men in Scotland.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Additional Information:Medical Research Council (MRC) Award Reference: 978281 Title: Gay Community Norms and Sexual Health (Personal Communities and Safer Sex: A Qualitative Study of Young Gay and Bisexual Men in Scotland)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Boydell, Dr Nicola
Authors: Boydell, N., and Bingham, D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
656571Sexual Health and Families ProgrammeLisa McDaidMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/2IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU